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Composer John Williams 80th birthday.
15-Feb-2012 -

Silva Screen Records marks this birthday with a 6 CD comprehensive set called The Music Of John Williams - The Definitive Collection, featuring 88 tracks with over 7 hours of music.

Since 1972, when he won his first Oscar, John Williams has received 47 Oscar nominations including 5 wins, 2 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes, 7 BAFTAs and more then twenty Gold and Platinum Records. Today, he is one of the most respected and acclaimed composers in Hollywood.

Perhaps the film composer of the biggest number of instantly recognizable themes and motifs, John Williams's immense musical output has now secured him a “cultural icon” status. On February 8th this icon turned 80.

2012 also marks 40 years since John Williams and Steven Spielberg first met and started a hugely successful collaboration lasting to this day. Spielberg's composer of choice, Williams penned the unforgettable music for Jaws, Schindler's List, the four Indiana Jones films, E.T., Saving Private Ryan, as well as now classic themes for the Star Wars series, Superman and the first three Harry Potter films.

The immense quantity and quality of John Williams's film scores has propelled his work into the top All-Time Worldwide Box Office films list - he scored 16 of them, more than any other composer. In 2005, the American Film Institute unveiled its list of the Top 25 Film Scores of all time and John Williams appears at #1 (Star Wars), # 6 (Jaws) and # 14 (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial).

“John certainly has the most considerable impact because his music immediately bypasses the brain and goes straight to your heart. That's the way he's always been... an amazing talent."
- Steven Spielberg

The collection is performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

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